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Stars Spotlight Personal Triumphs Over Stuttering
Date:6/12/2009

they should get the counsel of a specialist in stuttering. It's very important, because the misconception that this is somehow simply an emotional issue is simply not true. It's a genetically based neurological disorder. We know this. And along those lines there is a lot that can be done to help people."

For his part, financier (and former football coach) Moglia said his own battle to overcome stuttering was largely a painful, frightening and private affair that, during his late teens and early 20s, involved hours of practice in front of a mirror, training himself to properly enunciate and project his voice.

"Neither one of my parents went to high school," he said. "Both were immigrants. We never got medical attention or any specific help. So this was something -- when I was in grammar [school] through college -- that meant that I wouldn't raise my hand in public for fear I wouldn't be able to speak."

Moglia noted that his brother also suffered from the condition. It "affects your confidence, your morale, your esprit de corps. It affects the way you think about yourself," he said.

"And frankly, you can't be productive in society if you don't feel good about yourself. So I worked very hard, every day, to control what I think is one of those hidden handicaps that most people aren't aware of or don't take seriously," Moglia explained.

"I hope an event like this helps to make society more aware, number one, that this is not a joke, and it's not appropriate to make fun of people with this condition," Moglia said. "And number two, that there is help and you can learn to control it. I don't know if this is something you can eliminate. But you can control it."

More information

Find out more about how to react to stuttering at the Stuttering Foundation.



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